Eagle Claw Shappell Jet Sled
This line of sleds comes in six different sizes, including three heavy-duty models and two UV-resistant camo versions. These sleds are great for ice fishing and serve as a general hauling tool for hunting, landscaping, work and play. Made with rugged high-density polyethylene, these thermo-formed sleds are constructed to run over variable terrain. The molded runners are built to offer extra strength and stability while the optional hitch allows for towing with an ATV or snowmachine. Optional accessories include a universal and heavy-duty hitch, wear bar kit for extended life, travel cover (offered in black and camo) and flip shelter.
Mantus Head Lamp
The Mantus Head Lamp is designed for life on the water. The aluminum alloy headlamp features water resistance up to 30 feet and incorporates six Cree XM-LT LEDs that output 770 lumens and throw a beam up to 420 feet. The light features an SOS signal, can mount to a life jacket—making it a perfect emergency light—is rechargeable via a USB cable and includes a red light for nighttime navigation.
Coast Polysteel 600R
The Polysteel 600R features Coast’s patented rechargeable system with Dual Power, allowing it to run on lithium or alkaline batteries. The lithium battery doubles as a Power Bank with a USB-Out port that enables the charging of other devices. The flashlight is waterproof, drop-proof and crush-proof and includes their Pure Beam Optics system with twist focus, yielding up to 710 lumens (alkaline). It is also available in five different colors. The Polysteel 600R Flashlight is backed by Coast’s lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
Onyx M-16 Inflatable Belt Pack
The easy-to-use Onyx M-16 packs U.S. Coast Guard-approved performance into a comfortable, ultra-sleek belt pack that’s ideal for fishing, hunting, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing and recreational boating. Its small size makes it easy to store when not in use and makes it more convenient to take with you and wear on the water. The M-16 belt pack inflates manually and instantly when needed. The wearer simply pulls the inflation activation handle. After use, the PFD rearms easily with the M-16 Rearming Kit. The form-fitting belt pack has a 1-inch buckle and body belt, as well as an attached D-ring for affixing accessories. It is available in either Grey or Realtree Max-5 camouflage.
Heatmax HotHands Hand Warmers
Providing up to 10 hours of safe and natural heat, HotHands Hand Warmers are single-use, air-activated heat packs that are compact and fit nicely within most gloves and mittens. We’ve used them for over a decade on both hunting and fishing trips and always keep some handy on outdoor adventures when it’s cool or cold, especially when children are along. Each package contains a pair of warmers. HotHands also makes toe warmers, foot warmers, insole foot warmers and body warmers. Stock up on HotHands this fall at Fred Meyer.
Diamond D Leather Guide’s
Choice ™ Chest Holster
We’ve been wearing this holster for nearly a decade and continue to appreciate its design and how effectively it spreads the weight of our wearer’s 54-ounce .44 Magnum Ruger Redhawk across his torso, positioning the revolver in a supremely-accessible position. New advancements include a custom cut-down for the newer Glock 40 MOS that has the ability to mount a reflex sight such as a red dot or delta point, and a personalized touch with initials stamped on the shoulder strap. Two useful accessories are available: a reload pouch and a magazine pouch. The holster is available for a wide range of handguns.
Alaska Paracord Designs Firestarter Survival Products
In Alaska, we love to go exploring off the beaten path, and it is important for adventurers to be self-sufficient when they go searching for that trophy rainbow trout or king salmon. By definition, a survival situation is something you didn’t see coming. By wearing an Alaska Survival Bracelet or putting one of their key chains on your fishing vest or life jacket, you will be capable of starting a fire and signaling for help. All products contain military-grade firesteel, waterproof tinder, ceramic blades and other critical components you need to survive.
Wilderness Pack Specialties Lure Bag
The Wilderness Pack Specialties new lure bag is constructed from heavy-duty 18-ounce vinyl and allows you to carry 28 large plugs and 24 medium plugs. The large front pocket fits two Plano 3600 series utility boxes with room for pliers and other accessories. Two polymer D-rings on the back allow you to hang the bag for easy storage and access. This bag prevents plug finishes from getting chipped and scratched up.
BugBand Tick Repellent Spray Lotion
This lotion is an excellent solution to repel ticks, mosquitoes, flies, fleas, gnats, no-see-ums and chiggers. It does not contain propellants and relies on a highly effective metered pump sprayer to dispense a fine mist over the area to be treated. By spraying BugBand lotion directly on your skin, the active ingredient Geraniol, which is derived from geraniums, provides a protective barrier to deter insects from biting. It is also safe for use on clothing. When applying on people, start with shoes, socks, and then around the ankles, working your way up. For animals spray toe-to-tail and don’t forget to spray under, around and directly on the collar. Use once for hours of protection and reapply two to three times per day depending on humidity and perspiration.
Frontiersman Bear Attack Deterrent with Practice Spray
This new package enhances familiarity and confidence for bear spray users, providing a chance to practice before needing to deploy their bear spray in a high-stress situation. It comes with a 7.9-ounce practice spray, which features the exact same deployment style and firing mechanism as its bear spray counterpart (available in 7.9- or 9.2-ounce canisters) to help you gain muscle memory and confidence that better prepares you to protect yourself and your family during a high-stress encounter. Frontiersman Bear Attack Deterrent is the maximum strength formula allowed by the EPA, has a 35-foot range (practice spray has a 30-foot range), and a glow- in-the-dark safety, which helps you locate the bear spray immediately.
Alaska Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Wilderness Medical Kit
This Alaska-proven first-aid kit was crafted by backcountry hunter and orthopedic surgeon Mark Wade, M.D., who has spent 15 years dialing-in this extensive medical emergency package by suffering and treating conditions that decided the contents. Alaska Backcountry Hunters & Anglers asked Dr. Wade to build this Wilderness Medical Kit to support an expedition-ready small group. Its complete size might not be appropriate for backcountry minimalists, but items can be scalped for weight-sensitive adventures and scaled to match your needs. To purchase a kit, contact Larry Bartlett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alaska Safety is an Anchorage-based supplier of safety equipment and can outfit your boat, RV, truck and ATV with the finest brands of lighting on the market, and they warranty their labor for as long as you own the vehicle. They have the gear you need to make any vehicle safe, which includes first-aid kits, fire extinguishers, emergency preparedness equipment and lighting upgrades. They offer a wide range of the Rigid brand of lights, including the marine line, and have retail locations in Anchorage and Wasilla.
Skinner Sights Bush Pilot Survival Pack
The Bush Pilot Survival Pack includes many key items needed for survival in the wilderness. Contained within the compact case is the Skinner Bush Pilot Carbine, which is a .44 Magnum Winchester 1892 clone built for Skinner Sights by Chiappa USA, 750 paracord, a Brunton Truarc 3 compass, RAT-7 OKC survival knife with matching Skinner Bush Pilot logo and matching serial number to the Skinner Bush Pilot Carbine, Titan stormproof matches, Doan magnesium fire starter, Ration heating stove and an emergency blanket/survival tent. This kit was thoughtfully put together to provide adventurers with a compact kit that includes the essentials for handling the Alaska bush.
Delorme inReach Explorer
With the inReach Explorer, your family and friends know where you are on the globe, even in the most remote wilderness. Send and receive text messages, trigger an interactive SOS, get weather updates, navigate terrain and create waypoints you can route back to later. The inReach gives you peace of mind, both out there and back home.
Hothands Hand Warmers
Hothands Hand Warmers are rectangular-shaped, single-use, air-activated heat packs that provide up to 10 hours of continuous, constant and comforting warmth for the hands. Hothands contain iron, activated carbon and water and when these ingredients come into contact with oxygen in the air, they oxidize and produce heat. Heatmax also produces several styles designed for the feet and body, as well as heated apparel including a fleece balaclava, fleece neck gaiter and knit cap.
MSRP: $23.95 5-ft Tie-down; $19.95 3-ft Tie-down
While there are more than enough accessories one can purchase to (hopefully) make life in the field more efficient and enjoyable, the LoopRope is not only a tool that can help, but one that will likely become as indispensible as rod and reel. Whether securing coolers in your boat, gas tanks on the four-wheeler or rod tubes to the struts of a floatplane, the LoopRope does it all. Really, there’s no limit to what this tie-down tool can do, and the more you put it to work, the more uses you’ll discover. Constructed of durable, doubled-up, 1/4-inch heavy-duty shock cord, this multifaceted securing system doesn’t stretch or wear like a bungee, and it never tangles. The multiple, duo-lock clips make securing the LoopRope easy and safe. Check one out today.
Diamond D Leather Guide’s
Choice ™ Chest Holster
This Guide’s Choice ™ Chest Holster has been designed, tested and handmade in Alaska, and is an excellent choice for a chest holster to carry your bear-protection pistol or revolver. It’s very comfortable to wear, which is something we can attest to firsthand after using one for nearly a decade. The holster provides excellent access to your handgun, and is positioned on your chest to avoid interference with your clothing or other gear. We have found that it is easy to fish, hike and hunt while wearing the holster. It’s available to fit most common handguns with various accessories such as the Guide’s Choice ™ reload shown in the picture.
MSRP: $50 for dipping a reel
Through a process called water dipping, Alaska Hydrographics can take any solid, water-safe object and put a range of patterns onto the object, including camouflage, woodgrain, carbon fiber, stone, abstract and more. Objects that have been treated include parts from motorcycles, snowmachines, ATVs, vehicles and airplanes, as well as firearms, rod blanks, fish mounts and fishing reels. For an extensive list of patterns and a price list, consult their website.
Simms Headwaters Large Sling Pack
Anglers on day-trips or hiking away from the car, boat or trailhead for an extended casting session are always looking for more comfortable, efficient and durable ways in which to haul their gear. Enter this new sling pack from Simms, a less restrictive, more comfortable and more versatile option than most chest- and lumbar packs (and certainly vests). Sleeves in the main compartment are handy for storing boxes of flies or lures, preventing your necessaries from piling into a big mess at the bottom of the bag. A large exterior pocket allows you to keep the most essential tackle at your fingertips, while a second, compression-molded exterior pocket unzips to form a drop-down tray that serves as a rigging station.
MSRP: Starting at $149.95
When your Alaska fishing adventures take you beyond cell service, which is pretty much a guarantee if you fish more than the Southcentral road system, this latest release in the line of award-winning SPOT devices lets family and friends know you’re okay or sends emergency responders your GPS location, all at the push of a button. The SPOT Gen3 is a rugged, pocket-sized device that offers all the features and functions of the past SPOT products, as well as a customized, motion-activated tracking feature—a vibration sensor tells your SPOT to send track updates when you are moving and to stop when you do. This is a great battery-saving feature, which helps give the SPOT Gen3 approximately twice the battery life of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger.
Lowrance Elite-5 Ice Machine
This unit is a combined fish finder/chart-plotter that integrates ice mode software. It operates at 200kHz with 20-degree coverage down to 1,000 feet. Included in the system are a weighted transducer and float system, a battery and charger, a carrying bag and two utility boxes.
Western Mountaineering Cypress
GWS sleeping bag
MSRP: $1,100 for 6-foot bag, $1,140 for 6-foot, 6-inch bag
Until now most of the sleeping bags designed for severe cold weather have been mummy bags, and these don’t always fit a large-framed person. The Cypress GWS is designed for a large-framed person and is wide, with ample insulation and girth, and is absolutely capable of keeping you warm at -30 F. With an average loft of 11 inches, this bag will completely engulf your body with a thick barrier of 850-plus fill-power premium-quality goose down. Features include a thick, insulated draft tube inside the zipper combined with a second storm flap covering the outside of the zipper, a Gore Windstopper outer shell material, three-dimensional insulated draft collar and a second zipper allowing the bag to open up completely around the foot.
MaxxDryXL Boot, Shoe
and Glove Dryer
Use this product to quickly dry boots, shoes and gloves in about an hour, while removing odor at the same time. The unit can dry up to four items simultaneously, and using either heat or no heat, it will not shrink or damage your items.
Counter Assault Pentagon Electronic Bear Fence
For added safety and security in bear country, consider taking a portable electronic bear fence on your next excursion. This 53-foot fence meets or exceeds USFS specifications, produces 8,000 volts of output energy and can run for 30- to 40 days of continuous operation on 4 D-cell batteries. The whole unit fits in a carry bag and weighs 15 pounds.
FishAlerts! Mobile App
MSRP: Free for both Android and iPhone
New from Great Outdoors Mobile, Inc., FishAlerts! empowers anglers with boundary maps and information about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and more importantly, this free tool gives fishermen the information when and where they need it most—on the water. With FishAlerts! and their iOS and Android smart phones and tablets, clicking on maps of restricted areas brings up a text box with the area name, and from there, a simple tap of the FishAlerts! “?” icon provides information on specific rules/regulations of interest to recreational anglers. In addition, FishAlerts! delivers accurate NOAA weather and tide information, including five-day tidal projections. FishAlerts! is also designed to help fishermen do what comes naturally—brag, communicate and share their passion and their catches with other anglers. Anglers simply click the “Fish Pix” tab to bring up sharing options. A “Tap to Tweet” button allows anglers to tweet directly to Twitter using any account linked to the device. A “Tap to FB” button lets anglers easily send a new post to any Facebook account linked with that device. FishAlerts! is now available for free download for iOS devices through the Apple App Store, while Android users can obtain their free download through Google Play.
SPOT Global Phone
MSRP: $499, plus required service
SPOT, already a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, has introduced a new communication option for wilderness adventurers, announcing the release of the new SPOT Global Phone, a portable, easy-to-use and data-enabled satellite phone. The SPOT Global Phone provides crystal-clear voice quality where cell service doesn’t work and comes in an ergonomic and compact, 5.3-inch x 2.2-inch size, weighing in at only seven ounces. The phone utilizes satellite-based technology and offers superior voice clarity with no noticeable delay or echo, long battery life (four hours talk-time, 36 hours standby), and with the availability of Express Data on most data plans, guaranteed data speeds of 9.6 kbps provide up to four times the data speed of most other mobile satellite data services, enabling emails, file transfers and basic services to occur at high-speed. For Alaska-bound travelers set to adventure in the bush, this is one product to seriously consider bringing along.
MSRP: $99 for one-year subscription
Since 1999, Terrafin Satellite Imaging has been providing satellite imagery useful to anglers. You can now get the latest satellite data with the Terrafin Mobile app, including a range of charts, download it to your device, and take the information with you on the water. There’s good navigational functionality in the application, including allowing the user to mark waypoints, get temperature readings, distance and bearing calculations to waypoints or cursor position, and more.
P-Line Adaro Jr.
The Adaro Jr. is a machine-cut aluminum tool that comes in two styles, weighs only 3 ounces and measures just over 6 inches. Because of its sleek size, the Adaro Jr. is ideal for both fresh- and saltwater applications, and it is available in both a split-ring model or with standard needle-nose jaws.
Alaska Shrimp Pots
Using American-made materials, Steve Kalek builds shrimp pots in Palmer. As a shrimp fisherman himself, he won’t sell you a pot that he wouldn’t soak. Steve continues to evolve his pots, using feedback from his customers, so that they fish even better. Alaska Shrimp Pots sells rigid and folding models, with dimensions of 24 inches x 24 inches x 9 inches, with custom sizes available by request. Alaska Shrimp Pots is the only authorized dealer for Electra Dyne pot haulers in Alaska, and also sells crab pots, floating & sinking rope, buoys, baits, chum pots, and pot-hauling accessories. Steve’s “no coil” braided sinking rope is very popular with the Prince William Sound shrimpers.
SG-20 Outdoor Adhesive
SG-20 is a dual-component polyurethane adhesive that dries very quickly, making it a valuable repair tool in the field. It bonds well to neoprene, canvas, rubber or just about any other clean and dry surface. For repair to breathable waders, turn the waders inside out and repair the hole, as the outside of breathable waders incorporates a hydrophobic coating that is hard to adhere to. The adhesive sets in one minute and is fully bonded in one hour. The kit includes one 20cc cartridge, one plunger and three auto-mix tips.
R Ideas Fishing Butler
MSRP: $3 per pair
These handy, padded, adjustable loops are sold in pairs to hold rod sections together during travel. We’ve now used them on many trips and have gained a much greater ability to keep rods from getting tangled with one another while fully rigged.
Security Equipment Corporation FRONTIERSMAN Bear Spray
Bear encounters can go from curious to aggressive and if they do, a charging bear can cover over 30 feet of ground per second. The FRONTIERSMAN’s 7.9-ounce canister fires 30 feet and features a dual propellant system that delivers approximately two ounces per one-second burst of EPA maximum-strength spray for amazing stopping power. FRONTIERSMAN is used by professionals at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, where it has repeatedly proven effective at deterring charging bears. It features a glow-in-the-dark safety wedge to prevent accidental discharge, which also makes the canister easier to find at night.
Danielson Outdoors Blue Nets
MSRP: $39.99 to $119.99
This line of nets features a new octagonal-shaped handle made of anodized aluminum. The lineup includes the salmon net, knotless salmon net and knotless telescoping salmon net. All nets feature retractable handles for storage and transport and a 5/8-inch diameter bow with double wall construction at the yoke for added strength. The knotless versions feature a strong, supple net material to minimize damage to the fish, and the telescoping version offers 48- and 72-inch handle settings—suitable for use on larger boats.
Bellies Up Fish Cradle
This cradle holds a salmon in place upside-down for easy cleaning and removing of the belly. Salmon bellies work very well for halibut bait and stay on the hook a long time. Due to the high-fat content, smoked salmon belly is choice.
ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent
The ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent repels mosquitoes, black flies and other flying insects in a 15- x 15-foot area. It is effective, silent, portable, virtually odor-free and easy to use. Since nothing is applied to the skin, you avoid getting repellant on the hands, which could then be transferred to your bait and lure and make it harder to catch salmon. ThermaCELL products are registered with the EPA and used by the Department of Defense.
Weego Jump Starter Battery+
MSRP: starting at $99.99
The Weego Jump Starter Battery+ starts your engine, charges your phone and fits in your pocket. Weego starts 12V batteries in cars, boats, trucks, motorcycles, snowmachines, ATVs and more. Three models are available to start gas and diesel engines. The lithium-polymer battery only loses 2% charge per month, so storing Weego in a glove-box and then using it months later is no problem. The system includes wall- and car chargers, flashlight, jumper cables and laptop connectors. Weego comes with a solid 18-month warranty. For the holidays, Weego is bundling the Heavy Duty model JS12 Jump Starter Battery + with a free Battery Pack ($19.99 value) all for $129.99 (regular price $149.99).
FishHunter Directional 3D
MSRP: Normally $249.99 - Introductory price of $199.99
FishHunter brings you a world first—a completely portable fish-finder that packs the power of five transducers working at a dual frequency into a sonar that fits in your pocket. Anglers need to truly know the underwater contours when fishing and with FishHunter Directional 3D you can see up to 160 feet below the surface with 3D Bottom Contouring technology. Additionally, you can use FishHunter’s patent-pending Directional Casting to know exactly where to cast to catch more fish. FishHunter Directional 3D includes five-transducer sonar, waterproof armband, 3-in-1 charger, USB cable and 15-foot nylon tether.